How I Conquered Stage Fright

Happy Monday, everyone! This past weekend was one of the busiest I’ll have all year at work. We put on a huge city-wide festival and I was filming stuff to put on our Facebook, Twitter and websites. I was also taking pictures, and Tweeting/Facebooking up a storm. The other part of the job included making stage announcements. This was pretty awesome, and a big deal for me. When I was younger I used to do all kinds of plays and musicals, and I sang in basically every musical group my high school had to offer. In college I was a Broadcast Journalism major so I did a lot of on-camera stuff, but got away from the whole “performing in front of a crowd” thing.  Somewhere along the way I went from being able to get up in front of a crowd with no problem, to being terrified. I don’t know why.

This is the crowd at the event. They weren't all gathered at my stage, but still. Scary berries.

 

 

As I’ve talked about, I used to be a really shy kid (and I’m still a little shy around people I don’t know) but since reading A Place of Yes, I’m working to get past that. So when I was asked to do stage announcements and introduce bands at the event (after a few seconds of “NO! NO! NO!”) I agreed. I knew it would be a good way to get re-acquainted with doing stuff on stage, and it would also force me to stop being so goddamn shy. I am not shy! Why do I feel shy!? Enough!

I was literally grinding my jaw and tensing my whole body as I tried to sleep the night before the event. I was also worried about what to wear. I prayed it would be cool, because if it was hot then I wouldn’t want to wear jeans ( I’m always hot) but if I wore a skirt/shorts then you might be able to see up my skirt/shorts when I was onstage! GAH! I didn’t have time to find a pair of capris (which would have been the perfect solution)! GAH! I continued to grind my teeth and kept my body in a perfect, stiff, plank position (good for the abs, though) on my mattress as I worried about these things.

What if I accidentally swore? Like I got a momentary bout of Tourettes and just started cursing? What if I forgot who was sponsoring the event and then I cost my company a lot of money? What if I forgot the name of the band I was introducing and they were all offended?

I awoke in the morning feeling less than refreshed, yet still ready to go. The weather gods answered my prayers with a breezy 71 degree day. The breeze made jeans bearable, and I was no longer in danger of putting on the wrong kind of show on stage. Deep sigh of relief.

I felt much better when I got to the event and was presented with two pieces of paper which clearly explained which bands were which, what times they were performing, etc.

Me doing my thing on stage. Don't worry, I didn't leave my sunglasses on the whole time.

 

It also clearly laid out what I should include during each introduction. Phew. I wonder if this is what it’s like to be a real-life celebrity such as Chelsea Handler or Giuliana Rancic. Yeah, I like the E! Network, okay? You just show up to an event and are presented with a packet of information designed to make you look smart. If only all of life was like this.

The announcing thing went really well. I’m sure I was a little awkward, but I was mostly just proud that I actually did it. As long as I didn’t do something horribly embarrassing, I knew the day would be considered a success strictly because I did it. I was tempted to just weasel my way out of it with a forceful ” I’m sick!” but I actually followed through and I felt so good after I did it. The audience was receptive, and it was a good day all in all. I’d definitely do something like that again.

It’s funny, I am so comfortable writing and also am very comfortable being on camera, but this brought things to another level. I’m really glad I did it.

The moral of the story: keep forcing yourself to do uncomfortable, scary things (as long as they’re not dangerous…duh) because it helps you grow. I think we learn about this concept when we’re younger, but it’s easy to forget as you get older. So, in case you forgot, there’s your friendly reminder!

 

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